Last Updated on September 2, 2021 by YourBestCoffeeMachine
If you want to achieve that five-star milk froth in your homemade lattes and cappuccinos then you should consider using the Gaggia / Saeco Milk Island milk frother.
What is the Gaggia / Saeco Milk Island
This Gaggia Milk Island is an attachable milk frother accessory for Gaggia’s Platinum coffee machines. Through this frother, you can have both steamed and foamed milk for all your coffee beverages at the ready.
It is made up of two major components, the milk holder and the heater which attaches to the coffee machine. The milk holder has a cover, a nozzle which channels the heat to create the froth, and a no-drip spout which is very easy to put together and take apart for cleaning purposes. The Gaggia Milk Island is capable of holding up to 13.5 oz. of milk at a time, but it is advisable to fill only a third of the container with milk so the froth won’t overflow.
Produce steamed milk and froth
The nozzle or the knob located at the side of the machine allows the user to produce steam to the Milk Island to create that lovely froth. The milk warms at an accurate temperature of 150 to 160 degrees for a very short amount of time; it literally takes only a minute to have the milk’s froth rising. Once you hear the slight sputtering sound then you know that it’s done.
The result is you have the steamed milk at the bottom of the container and the froth at the top. So to make the perfect cappuccino, simply use a spoon to hold off the froth when you pour the milk into the cup. Then add the froth on top for that artistic and that added creaminess to your coffee.
Enough milk for 2 cups
The great thing about the Gaggia Milk Island is that it holds so much steamed milk that you will still have enough for a second cup. With that, you definitely get your money’s worth. You could combine the froth and the steamed milk until it has the nice consistency you prefer. Place it in a cup and pour the espresso right into it. Viola! You have a latte and a cappuccino in just as quickly as five minutes!
Not only does this Milk Island produce such creamy and beautiful steamed milk, it also saves you a lot of time and effort in making a delicious cup of milky coffee.
Detachable parts make it easy to clean
For easy cleaning, the Milk Island’s parts detach easily so you can readily rinse them with soap and water. However, there are some small parts in the component that may be difficult to clean and has the potential of getting lost or misplaced, so you need to be watchful when cleaning it out.
My Milk Island Won’t Froth, What’s Up With That?
Although the Milk Island milk frother is impressive, sometimes you may find it stops frothing. The good news is a simple clean should solve that problem.
The machine is designed to produce steam, whether it froths the milk or not. So if you’re not getting frothy milk, the only thing you probably need to do is clean the “air injector”.
The “air injector” is located on top of the removable “manifold”. It only takes 25 seconds to clean it by doing the following:
1. Separate the Glass Carafe and Plastic holder.
2. Take off the top plastic distributor from the Manifold.
3. Wash water through the air intake onto the distributor.
4. Squeeze open the air injector and run water through it too.
6. Start frothing.
To avoid this problem, make cleaning the parts of the milk island part of your regular cleaning regime. Always let them dry before reassembling. This only takes about a minute and means that you’ll have frothy or steamed milk when you want it.
Check out this unboxing video:
The downsides to watch for with the Milk Island
The price of the product is also relatively more expensive than other brands of milk frothers and it only works if you have the Gaggia Platinum machines so it can be pretty limited for the general public. But it is a definite must-buy for Gaggia Platinum owners or those who plan to purchase Gaggia Platinum coffee machines.
In conclusion, the Gaggia Milk Island will be a lovely addition to your coffee machine. Its consistency is perfect and it produces wonderful results in such a short amount of time. This Milk Island is made for the Gaggia coffee machine and they should always go together to produce the best tasting coffee there is.